The Center for Child Traumatic Stress (CCTS) will adapt, disseminate, implement, and sustain culturally competent, trauma-focused, evidence-based treatment services for children at multiple points in the posttraumatic trajectory. A range of treatments will be provided at Safe Horizon's diverse child service settings throughout New York City including acute and early interventions, and longer-term treatments for more chronic PTSD. During the four years of this project, CCTS expects to serve approximately 28,200 youth.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Safe Horizon, Inc., Center for Child Traumatic Stress
Schacht, Megan, PhD
Megan Schacht was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now is the Manager of Family and Clinical Services at the St. Louis County Family Court and remains active with the NCTSN in areas related to juvenile justice and complex trauma.
Seilicovich, Irma, MA, LMFT
Irma Seilicovich is COO and co-founder of The Village Family Services, a nonprofit that works primarily with children exposed to trauma, in North Hollywood, CA. Ms. Seilicovich has been actively working in the mental health field for over 20 years with a focus on children and families who have been victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Formerly coordinator for the Trauma Center at Children’s Institute Inc. and a current member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Ms. Seilicovich continues her association with the NCTSN while implementing evidence-based trauma treatment for children at The Village Family Services.
Serving Children and Adolescents in Need (S.C.A.N.), Border Traumatic Stress Response (Border TSR)
The Border Traumatic Stress Response Center is a program of Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) in Laredo, TX. The Center provides individual counseling services to youth that have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event including sexual and physical abuse, traumatic grief, and exposure to family, community or school violence. The target population is trauma exposed youth ages 3 to 17 including children of military families, children involved in the child welfare system, children of caregivers with substance use disorders who receive outpatient trauma treatment, children receiving shelter services through SCAN’s Emergency Youth Shelter, and adolescents ages 12 to 17 with co-occurring trauma and substance abuse that are involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems and are receiving residential substance abuse treatment at SCAN. The target population is composed almost entirely of first generation Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants who are bilingual or primarily Spanish speaking. The evidence-based interventions being implemented include TF-CBT and ICARE, with cultural modifications made to ensure that all services are culturally and linguistically relevant. The Center partners with community stakeholders representing local school districts, law enforcement, juvenile justice, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and child welfare.
Sharda, Liz, LMSW
Liz Sharda, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Liz has been a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2008, and an Individual Affiliate member since 2012. Liz served as Program Coordinator for Project Return Home, the NCTSI-funded program at Bethany Christian Services, between 2008 and 2012. Since that time, Liz has trained on trauma-related topics within the child welfare system, with both professionals and resource parents. Liz is an experienced facilitator of "Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Resource Parent Curriculum" and "The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit" and has trained others to facilitate them as well.
Shelley S. Foreman
Sigrest, Jennifer, MS, LPC
Jennifer Sigrest was the former Evaluation Coordinator for the Trauma Recovery for Youth Project with Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS. She is now co-owner of Lotus Place Counseling and specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with issues of traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, LGBT-related concerns, and other life stressors. She provides consultation and collaboration with organizations working to implement and sustain best practices or to change and improve existing systems. She remains involved with NCTSN through the affiliate program and has a special interest in working with the LGBT population.
Solano, Joy, LCP
Joy Solano was an Intake Therapist and Community Representative for the Youth Trauma Center at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD. She is TF-CBT certified and trained in CBITS. She now works for Canvas Health out of North Branch, MN as part of a mobile crisis response team in rural communities.
The Spurwink Refugee Mental Health Project utilizes Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R), a multi-tiered mental health promotion model, to improve access to trauma-informed mental health services for refugee children and adolescents in Maine. The project is a partnership with the Refugee Trauma and Resiliency Center at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), United Somali Women of Maine, schools, providers, and grassroots organizations. The project provides services to refugee children and adolescents who have or are at risk for mental health issues due to complex trauma histories related to war, persecution, resettlement and acculturation. TST-R takes a social ecological approach to working with these children and youth, building systems of care that respond to their multi-dimensional needs. The initiative includes broad-based prevention and community resilience building, community-based skill-building groups for youth, and intensive home-based family therapy for those with significant mental health needs. All services are delivered by mental health clinicians and cultural brokers who assist the team and community in creating cross-cultural understanding and change.